New games (autumn 2021)

I have a big enough backlog as it is, but I still had to get a few more games… although I feel that I really need to slow down now! It started with Democracy 4. After deciding I didn’t like Democracy 3, I somehow got the urge to start it up again and I ended up liking it enough to look into Democracy 4 which is currently in Early Access. The developer made a video about the changes between 3 and 4 and that was enough for me to buy the new game.

I had a few problems at first with the windowed mode and then having a black screen if I switched to another window (in fullscreen mode because windowed mode wasn’t working). I figured out what I had done wrong and have been playing the game a bit. It is not a game that I can play for hours and days without a break, but I like it enough for short amounts of time. So far, I have only played as Germany. I should really give it a try with other countries to see what policies are available then. Altogether, it is an improvement over Democracy 3, but it’s still quite confusing and I would say difficult as well.

Glass Masquerade

Glass Masquerade and Glass Masquerade 2 are two simple but beautiful puzzle games that I played during the days (nights, actually) where our baby girl needed constant supervision (which happened because she refused to sleep in her bed). Now that she is in her bed and we are both getting more sleep again, I don’t play them that much anymore. Part of that, however, is that I finished the base game of Glass Masquerade and the second game just isn’t as good. I could often guess the pictures for the first game, but it seems very random for the second. So I mostly just take a puzzle piece and move it around to see if it fits anywhere which isn’t fun. Thanks to the Steam Halloween Sale, however, I now also got the three DLCs for the first game, so I can continue playing that one for a bit more.

Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze

Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze – I love the TV series, so I had to get this one. I haven’t played much yet to know whether I like it enough or not. It is a visual novel most of all which is a genre that I like quite a lot as long as the story the characters are interesting. I already know that the characters are, because they are the same as they are in the TV series. The story is just starting, though, so I can’t say anything about that.

More and more games that I got to know during Steam’s various game festivals are releasing and even though I enjoyed several demos, it turns out that I am more picky when it comes to actually buying the games. A demo can be good, but there’s more than that which factors into whether I will actually buy the game. Among the biggest factors is the price: Does it seem reasonable for what the game has to offer?

Deepest Chamber

I really enjoyed the demo of Deepest Chamber despite not being too excited about the game when I decided to try it out. I liked the graphics and the settings, though. Especially the graphics because they seemed very elaborate for a card game – still do. So I finally decided to buy it after it had been in Early Access for a bit already. I like to wait and see what other people have to say before getting an Early Access game. This game gets only a “Mixed” on Steam with 69 % positive reviews. As always, I looked at the negative reviews and decided that while they do have a point, I still liked the game enough to enjoy it as it currently is.

Gladiator Guild Manager

Gladiator Guild Manager is also a game where I played the demo first. I absolutely fell in love with it and the cute little gladiators – especially the berserkers! The game is only 9 €, so… one more game this month (this was before the Steam Halloween sale appeared). It is also in Early Access, but has 85 % positive reviews. Also, since it’s rather cheap, I guess expectations are lower for it as well (although it’s not much cheaper than Deepest Chamber…). The game still has its demo up (called Gladiator Guild Manager Prologue), but there have been a few substantial changes (like the added timeline). So if you do want to check it out, please also take a look at videos or reviews of the current game version!

Diablo 2 Resurrected

So many years ago, my now-husband gifted me Diablo 2. Not long afterwards, I joined him in World of Warcraft which meant that I never got far in this game as, of course, the shiny new MMORPG was far more interesting to me. That is why I simply had to get Diablo 2 Resurrected! I know I will definitely play this… soon… one day. But at the moment, it’s suffering from the same fate as I got New World and am rather playing that game instead. But I really love the new graphics in D2R, so it won’t feel outdated at all for quite some time, I think.

New World

Which leads me to New World. I already mentioned my purchase. My character is still very far away from her own house. But I do love the way the game looks and I still think I’ll enjoy housing. I just need to keep levelling her whenever I’ve got the time. Also, thanks to the recent server transfers, I am now finally on the same server with bookahnerk.

The next game on this seemingly neverending list is RimWorld. Yes, I know that I’m incredibly late to that party. I didn’t like some parts of the game, but figured that since you can tone down the attacks, it’s actually not too bad and probably exactly the kind of game that I love! I do have Going Medieval which is always compared to RimWorld. That one is in Early Access and while I love taking a look at what’s changed every now and then, I do not feel like investing too much time in that game as I fear that major updates could break my save games. I am not sure if I am going to like RimWorld more than Going Medieval… probably not, though, because I like the building aspect in Going Medieval too much. But RimWorld is… well, RimWorld. If only I could finally grow my colony further. There’s still only three people and a dog.

The Tenants

And just when I thought that this is it, Steam came up with their Halloween sale (other stores as well which is why I bought the RimWorld DLC ideology earlier). As I mentioned above, I got the three DLCs for Glass Masquerade because I really enjoyed the first game. I also finally bought The Tenants which I’ve been eyeing since I first played the demo… I just wasn’t too sure about the game as the content of renovating could get a bit repetitive and it’s unfortunately more shallow than I’d like. However, it is still a fun little game, so I do not regret the purchase!

Gremlins Inc Card Game

Next up on the “gimme!”-list: Gremlins Inc. – Card Game. I have only played the demo, but I know that I really really want that game! But it’s not even in Early Access yet, so we’ll see. Maybe I have enough time to actually play my other games first. And, of course, there is also the Guild Wars 2 expansion’s launch slowly coming closer (February 2022). I haven’t pre-purchased it yet, even though the shared inventory slot that comes with it would be nice. But I know that I will!

 

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